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Gallocelt18 Nov 2022 8:30 a.m. PST

I have added three more structures to my series of 17th Century buildings/ houses this time Dutch row buildings. They include from left to right: a warehouse (with guard shack), a tenement, and a shop. They are enhanced paper models, foamboard covered with printed cardstock. All are in 15mm-18mm scale.


The buildings could be used for the Dutch Republic, Spanish Netherlands, parts of France and perhaps western Germany. They could also probably be used for later 16th Century, Wars Of Religion, Eighty Years War, etc.

The warehouse has a boom at the top for the use of a block and tackle to lift loads up to the doors of each level. It also has a guard shack. The shack is there in case the owner would rent out the facilities as a munitions magazine. The shack can be removed revealing a side door in the warehouse if the place is to be used to store civilian goods. No chimney on the warehouse, no one lives there and we don't want fires!

The tenement would have space for maybe eight families. Just like now, many townfolk could not afford their own homes and had to rent from a landlord.

The shop has some features that I can't really explain. The posts that hold up the canopy above the front door are unusual to me but I simply went with what was shown in period paintings.



Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2022 9:34 a.m. PST

Very nicely done!


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2022 12:48 p.m. PST

Very nice!

Gallocelt18 Nov 2022 3:53 p.m. PST

Thanks Jim! Thanks Shag!



Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 9:46 a.m. PST

Studying such buildings in Amsterdam, I discovered some interesting facts that were incorporated into their building designs. Taxes were very high for the time. It was based upon the footprint of land it took up. So, in order to avoid more taxes with a larger footprint, they built up. Each floor overlapped the one below it and expanded towards the street. Since Amsterdam was a naval port, the upper floors were used a lot as warehouse space and earn additional income. The pulley was used like an external elevator and lower floors simply hooked the ropes closer to effect easier loading/unloading from the floors. So many of the designs, when viewed from the side, look like inverted stair steps! Just thought this might be interesting for a few.

Gallocelt01 Dec 2022 4:09 p.m. PST

Hi Tom,

Sorry I didn't reply sooner but I was away for Thanksgiving. I believe you are referring to the medieval style of architecture where the upper floors are "jettied". Here is a link that explores several theories as to why this was so popular and iconic.

YouTube link

As you mentioned, many towns in the Netherlands were involved in the trade bonanza that made this part of the world embarrassingly wealthy. There was much need for storehouses for all the goods. I designed and built the warehouse on the small side to conserve space on the war game table.

This row of buildings are not jettied but I am in the process of making another grouping that are more medieval-looking. Two out of three are jettied and might be typical of Burgundian structures of the mid to late 1400s. Of course they could also be used for regions outside Burgundy since the styles were quite popular throughout northern Europe.



Berggeit24 Dec 2022 3:08 a.m. PST

Those houses look lovely indeed.

Dye4minis, I have honestly never seen houses that extend towards the streets. Could also depend on the neighbourhood I suppose and I simple have never visited those. If you got some pictures, could you share them?

Gallocelt24 Dec 2022 12:15 p.m. PST

Hi Berggeit,

Thank you for your encouraging comment about my Dutch house models. I've never been to Europe but I find myself fascinated with the architecture. I believe the Amsterdam houses Dye4minis was referring to are listed as "late medieval" on the internet. The internet is my primary source for architectural examples that inspire my paper models.

I recall that as I was researching, I found photos of a few late medieval houses in Amsterdam, still standing, that had the jettied features as described by Dye4minis. I am looking at such a photo now, and it appears to be a wooden house, probably 4 stories high with the third floor jettied, overhanging the street, perhaps 1-2 feet beyond the two floors below. Clearly the house has been modified as the bottom floor appears to be a modern pub with signage,"Heinekin's Bier".

I would like to wish you and all the people here at TMP a very happy holiday season.



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